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Best Indie Books of October

  • FICTION

    WAGER TOUGH

    JULY 31, 2021

THRILLER & SUSPENSE

WAGER TOUGH

by Tom Farrell

A crackerjack crime novel about an upright Chicago bartender on the hunt for a killer. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    RAE'S FIRST DAY

    FEB. 15, 2021

CHILDREN'S

RAE'S FIRST DAY

by Danny Jordan illustrated by Agustina Perciante

First-day jitters, inclusivity, and an engaging superhero tale all in one. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • NONFICTION

    FROM BEYOND THE SKIES

    SEPT. 28, 2021

NONFICTION

FROM BEYOND THE SKIES

by Juli Boit

A heroic, uplifting account of easing others’ suffering and building a family. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    THE PIOUS INSURRECTION

    MAY 25, 2021

  • FICTION

    QUEEN OF THE SUGARHOUSE

    JUNE 1, 2021

FICTION

QUEEN OF THE SUGARHOUSE

by Constance Studer

A brilliant, if harrowing, set of tales featuring sharp prose. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • FICTION

    MURDER IN FIRST POSITION

    NOV. 24, 2020

FICTION

MURDER IN FIRST POSITION

by Lori Robbins

A graceful mystery that pirouettes around a cast of entertaining narcissists. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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